T.A.P.S. is the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. It's a peer-based support organization for bereaved military families where families help each other work through their grief through a variety of organized programs. Memorial Day weekend is when they hold their Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. This year is the 22nd year. It's basically like a family reunion for survivor families with tons of programming and support activities and opportunities for the families to laugh, cry, fellowship, and help each other work through the loss of loved ones.
I was honored to be allowed an opportunity to participate. This is literally what Memorial Day is all about, y'all. It ain't just a day off for barbequeing. Membership in the T.A.P.S. organization continues to grow because we are still at war, though you couldn't tell by watching the news. There are still thousands of troops fighting in Afghanistan right now and there will be for the foreseeable future. The families in T.A.P.S. have borne the highest cost of that war, as well as all the other wars. Definitely enjoy the holiday, but please also find a way to commemorate the reason this holiday exists. Making T.A.P.S. a part of your Memorial Day tradition each year is a great way to do that. Memorial Day has to mean something to us all, not just to the families who lost a loved one. If you don't know where to start, go to TAPS.org and choose whatever method of supporting the organization works for you.